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Artistic Director

David Holley

In June 2013 David was named Artistic Director for Greensboro Opera. David's experience in opera as a soloist, director, educator and administrator is wide and broad. As Director of Opera at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1992, David's productions have consistently won awards in the National Opera Association's Opera Production Competition, including seven first place awards and four second place designations. In January of 2014, he will become President of NOA at its annual convention in New York City.

David has stage directed throughout the United States, including eight years as the Resident Stage Director at the Brevard Music Festival, as well as guest directing engagements with the Pensacola Opera, Opera Roanoke, Baylor University, and Furman University.

An active lyric tenor, he has appeared in leading roles with opera companies in Dallas, Atlanta, Rochester, Phoenix, Banff (Alberta, Canada), Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Albuquerque, and Las Vegas. Important engagements include Mario Cavaradossi opposite Angela Brown's Tosca, Don JosÚ with Luretta Bybee (Carmen) and Herbert Perry (Escamillo), and Pinkerton with Helen Todd in Madama Butterfly.

David's artistic innovations include:

  • Founder and artistic director of Greensboro Light Opera and Song, including the Young Artist Training Program.
  • Founder and director of the Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition, which has had winners go on to sing at the MET (Harold Wilson), Lyric Opera of Chicago (RenÚ Barbera), and Santa Fe Opera (RenÚ Barbera, Jonathan Michie).
  • Co-Founder with Barbara Peters of Greensboro Opera's "Write Your Own Opera Contest," which for the past three years has enabled a Guilford County student to write a story which is then turned into an opera performed at Opera at the Carolina. David has written the librettos, collaborated with UNCG composer colleagues Drs. Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty, and produced and staged these works.
  • Producer for Greensboro Opera's Opera at the Carolina since 2002, introducing live opera to over 70,000 children during that time.
  • In April of 2009, he produced, directed and wrote the libretto for Libby Larsen's Picnic, which was commissioned and premiered by the UNCG School of Music, funded by a $150,000 grant from the Charles Babcock Foundation.

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